Halobetasol Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Halobetasol has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the drug, while another group was given a placebo (a cream or ointment that did not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
 
In clinical trials, the most common side effects of halobetasol cream were stinging, burning, or itching (occurring in up to 4.4 percent of people). For halobetasol ointment, the most common side effects were stinging or burning (occurring in up to 1.6 percent of people).
 
Other possible skin reactions from steroids, including halobetasol, may include:
 
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation or infection of skin follicles (folliculitis)
  • Increased sweating
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • Rash around the mouth
  • Allergic contact dermatitis (allergic skin reactions)
  • Soft, whitened skin (much like skin that is constantly wet)
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.
 

Long-Term Halobetasol Side Effects

Using steroids like halobetasol over long periods can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use this medicine over a large area of the body for a long time (more than two weeks). Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
 
  • Suppression of the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back, causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
 
Halobetasol is a highly potent steroid and is probably more likely to cause these side effects, compared to less potent steroids. This is why it is recommended only for short-term use (two weeks or less).
 

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